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Sleep Apnea: What are the symptoms?

Many people struggle to get a restful night’s sleep. Daily stresses and the inability to calm the brain down at night can result in daily fatigue for many. However, there is a condition called sleep apnea that can interrupt a night’s sleep hundreds of times each night.

Patients suffering from sleep apnea may experience interruptions throughout the night from shallow breathing to actual pauses where breathing stops. The patient might not have any idea this is occurring; however, a partner may hear symptoms such as excessive snoring or periods of coughing or snorting during sleep.

The individual with this condition may experience fatigue, but since they are unaware of the breathing disorder, may attribute their tiredness to other issues. [pullquote]Patients suffering from sleep apnea may experience interruptions throughout the night from shallow breathing to actual pauses where breathing stops.[/pullquote]

There are different kinds of sleep apnea, but many patients deal with tissue in the throat that relaxes during sleep resulting in an obstruction in the airway. These patients may benefit from a visit with their dentist to discuss options to bring relief.

There are oral appliances that will keep the mouth and tongue positioned to prevent the tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway. Placement of the jaw can have a major impact on this condition, and your dentist can fit you with a custom appliance to provide a solution.

Advanced age, tobacco use, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption … these are all possible contributors to sleep apnea; however, these conditions being present do not necessarily mean the patient will suffer from sleep apnea. And although snoring is one indicator of sleep apnea, it is not a determining factor on its own.

Daily fatigue, headaches, inability to concentrate, irritability, and depression are normal residual feelings for people suffering from this sleep disorder. Individuals that must rely on alertness on the job are putting themselves and co-workers at risk if symptoms continue but remain untreated.

In addition to a visit with the dentist to discuss options for treatment, patients may also get relief by: sleeping on their side; losing weight; discontinuing tobacco use; avoiding excessive caffeine particularly in late afternoon or early evening; limiting alcohol consumption. Quite often the things we think will promote restful sleep (alcohol, sedatives, sleep aids) may actually have the opposite effect.

A sleep study will provide a definitive diagnosis if there are concerns about sleep apnea, but a visit with our dental team may provide relief through oral appliance therapy.

Enhance Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

When we open our mouth to speak, eat, or smile, we put our teeth on display. If you are dissatisfied with what you see, a consultation with your cosmetic dentist will reveal that there are numerous ways to enhance your appearance through cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth that are dull, drab, or stained can benefit from a smile makeover with one of the most effective procedures available. Teeth whitening completed in the office may lighten and brighten teeth up to eight shades in one visit. Patients that wish to whiten their teeth at their own pace and in the privacy of home can utilize take home whitening. Acquiring a take home whitening kit from your cosmetic dentist still provides the expert advice and instruction not available if purchasing similar products at your local store or on the internet.

For more serious cosmetic imperfections, there are different options. Crooked or misaligned teeth are more than unattractive. They provide many areas in the mouth where bacteria can gather. As bacteria builds the incidence of dental decay and gum disease increases. Straight teeth eliminate many of the nooks that crooked teeth do not.

Many malocclusions are corrected by Invisalign clear aligners. The advantages of Invisalign over traditional metal bands and brackets are numerous:

  1. Soft plastic aligners are not only clear making treatment virtually undetectable, but the lack of metal eliminates abrasions to soft tissues on the inside of the cheeks and gums.
  2. These aligners are removable. This means you can eat all the foods you love without restriction.
  3. Because they are removable, you can brush and floss without any obstruction. This is a big asset in maintaining excellent oral health throughout orthodontic care. Your dental provider can clean, polish and examine teeth every six months providing a much easier and more effective way to prevent and/or treat dental decay.

Chipped, cracked, severely stained or misshapen teeth can be treated with veneers. Veneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are cemented to the front of teeth requiring repair. Lumineers are veneers that have the unique feature that they do not require removal of enough dental enamel to result in them being permanent. Lumineers is a procedure that is reversible if the patient requests.

Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, will provide a treatment plan that can deliver a smile makeover that will enhance your appearance for a lifetime. Call 281-256-6866 to reserve your appointment today.